University of Southampton
Southampton is among the best cities to live and work in the UK and is placed fourth overall, above London, in the PwC 2016 Good Growth for Cities Index. It's also just 75 miles from London, with excellent transport connections to the rest of the UK. During the day, students enjoy visiting Portswood High Street and other locations in the city that have a range of cafes and restaurants. These can be a convenient location for meeting friends or studying away from campus. Southampton has a very active nightlife. There is an energetic student atmosphere due to numerous nightclubs and pubs across the city. The student union run Stags Head pub on Highfield Campus, which hosts karaoke nights and sports screenings. The Bridge also runs evenings of alternative music and stand-up comedy.
Academics & Curriculum
The University of Southampton is an ideal study abroad destination for students seeking to take courses in the Humanities and/or Music. Music students will especially enjoy the beautiful practice and performance facilities on campus, as well as the performances by Southampton students throughout cafes and pubs in the city. The available humanities courses range across multiple fields: Archaeology, Art, English, Film, History, Modern Languages, and Philosophy.
Applicants should be aware that what Catholic University calls a course, Southampton calls a module (Courses in Southampton refer to a student's major or degree). Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS), in which a full module load would be considered 60 CATS, equal to 15 CatholicU credits. Most modules are worth 15 CATS, though there are others worth more or less. To find a list of modules and syllabi,
click into any degree, then select an individual module to view the syllabus.
Art modules can only be taken during the spring semester. They are taught on a separate nearby campus, and while a shuttle bus connects the two campuses for easy access, students should avoid taking Art modules that are scheduled for the same day as modules in other academic departments.
Accommodation & Meals
Students have the option of choosing a single occupancy suite-style or studio apartment-style residence hall for their accommodation. Applicants to this program should be aware that CUA cannot be billed for their housing; students are billed directly
. Each housing option includes:
- All utilities (gas, electric, water)
- Wi-fi and high speed internet connection
- Unilink bus pass*
- 24 hour support and services
- 24 hour security
- Variety of on-site facilities (e.g. common rooms and communal computers)
- Contents insurance
*Excluding Erasmus Park
Some residence halls are based very close to Highfield and Avenue campuses, while others are closer to the city centre. Students need to consider whether they would like to be closer to the city or if being within walking distance to campus is more important. Details of locations and transport links can be found on the halls pages
Partial catering is available in Wessex Lane and Highfield Halls only. This is defined as breakfast and a main meal later in the day, on weekdays only (Monday - Friday). The main meal can be taken as either an evening meal in halls or a meal on campus during the day or early evening, In addition there is brunch on Saturdays and lunch on Sunday.
Students attending this program may wish to consider applying for one or more of the following scholarships:
Other scholarship options are listed on the Office of Education Abroad's scholarships webpage
Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students. This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide. Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.